Joanne Cortese

Obituary of Joanne Cortese

Cortese, Joanne-70 of Upper Township, passed away peacefully at home, on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Joanne was a true Jersey Girl, having spent her life in the Garden State. She was the beloved wife of Silverio Cortese who was her loving and devoted caregiver throughout the 46 years that she battled Multiple Sclerosis. Joanne and Sil had been married for 52 years.

Joanne is survived by her husband Silverio of  Marmora, brother Lou Mazzella  also of  Marmora, sister Lucy Mazzella Masi of Egg Harbor Township, nephews Larry Masi, Jr of San Diego, CA, Christopher  Masi of Los Angeles California, and James Mazzella of Marmora, NJ, nieces, Tricia Mazzella Kneff of Lancaster, PA and Monica Masi Amadio of Galloway Township, NJ, extended family in Sea Isle City and Panza Italy, grand-nephews and nieces, Ava Kneff, Ryan Kneff, Max Kneff, Allison Amadio, and Elizabeth Amadio.
Even though she could not easily get around, Joanne always asked about the "grands", and prayed for them.

Cherished "Aunt Jo" as she was known, loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and, after a visit with her, never failed to send us off with a hearty " Prai se the Lord". She also knew that Jesus had provided for her through the love and caring of her devoted husband, Sil.

Joanne will be deeply missed by all. Her services will be private. For condolences to the family please visit

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